Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program

Recipients of the 2011-12 Coover Regional Grantmaking Awards:

  • Polk County Health Center: $10,000 to expand services at the Polk County Free Clinic.
  • Ozarks Resource Group, Buffalo: $5,000 for the “Bright Smiles” dental program and to develop a backpack program.
  • Care to Learn-Clever: $2,500 to support this new chapter of the organization to support health, hygiene and clothing needs of schoolchildren.
  • Care to Learn-Rogersville: $5,000 to support this new chapter.
  • Care to Learn-Willard: $5,000 to support this new chapter.
  • Least of These, Inc.: $10,000 for materials to support Care to Learn programs in Christian County.
  • The Kitchen, Inc.: $18,380 for staffing and lodging vouchers to replicate Greene County’s “One Door” homeless prevention program for Christian County.
  • ARC of the Ozarks: $5,000 for dental care for individuals with disabilities.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest: $11,420 to support regional school backpack programs.
  • The Child Advocacy Center: $20,000 to support 50 forensic interviews in the south-central region for possible child-abuse victims.
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri: $16,000 to support office, equipment, and program expenses for an additional social worker.
  • Fordland Clinic, Inc.: $9,200 for dental root canal and crown supplies.
  • Delmina Woods Community Council, Forsyth: $5,000 for medical, hygiene and job-interview expenses for young women transitioning out of the facility.
  • Good Samaritan Care Center, Mountain View: $5,000 for construction, equipment and materials to provide free health care to uninsured and working poor residents in its service region.

Recipients of the 2010-11 Coover Regional Grantmaking awards:

  • Southwest R-V School District: $13,000 for a backpack program.
  • Gift of Hope, Inc.: $6,000 for its Backpack Club program serving Taney County students.
  • Weaubleau R-III School District: $15,000 for a Back Snacks program run by teen volunteers.
  • Halfway R-III School District: $16,000 to provide Back Snacks for students in need.
  • Ozark County Community Foundation, Gainesville R-V School District and the Ozark County Ministerial Alliance: $14,000 for a weekend backpack program.
  • Carthage Crosslines Ministry: $2,500 to apply toward cost of a freezer to increase food-storage capacity.
  • West Plains Christian Clinic: $10,000 to renovate and equip a room in the clinic.
  • Children’s Smile Center: $6,000 to provide dental screenings for an additional 450 children in Christian and Stone counties.
  • Faith Community Health: $7,500 to provide for nearly 400 additional patient appointments for Stone and Taney County clients.
  • Cardinal Cares Program: $5,000 to provide food and clothing for children in the Clinton School District.
  • Newborns in Need, Inc., Southwest Missouri Chapter: $3,000 for services for sick and needy babies and their families in Douglas, Laclede, Ozark, Webster and Wright counties.
  • Sigma House of Springfield: $7,000 to help clients who suffer from treatable medical or dental conditions in Greene, Christian, Taney, Stone, Barry, Lawrence, Dade, Webster, Polk, Dallas and Douglas counties.


Recipients of the 2009-2010 Coover Regional Awards:


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of the OZARKS – $14,000.00
The granted funds from this proposal by the Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks will allow additional children living in rural Taney & Stone Counties, ages 6-15 years, who fall at or below 125% of federal poverty guidelines, to have access to high-quality, day-long youth development programming opportunities & physical activities during the summer. It will provide approximately $20 in financial assistance per week for 10 weeks and allow up to 70 additional children to participate.

The organization receiving this grant seeks to make affordable primary health care available to 43,000 residents of a 4-county region in South Central Missouri and has partnered with a federally qualified Health Center to help realize that goal. Southern Missouri Community Health Center, in West Plains, will serve as a satellite organization for the Cabool area and provide medical, dental and mental health care for those in need. Funds from this request will provide necessary fees for application for additional resources; create a website to educate the region about the program and make a partial down-payment for office space, as well as operational supplies.

CARE TO LEARN – Ozark, Nixa, Bolivar School Systems – $15,000.00
This project is based on the very successful model started through Mr. Doug Pitt’s “Care to Learn Foundation”. All three districts are progressing differently in their process for implementing the programming, but all have a strong desire to work together and share knowledge and resources to provide for their students in need. Funding available through this programming will address emergency hunger, health, and hygiene needs of students in each district through food backpacks, food vouchers, clothing vouchers, hygiene items, and financial assistance for medical needs.

HOPE’S BRIDGE – $14,500.00
This organization is dedicated to the temporary care of children whose families are in crisis. This care is usually the only alternative to placing a child in state custody while appropriate arrangements are being made for families. Funding from this grant will provide for additional staff & operational needs and is intended to double the capacity to provide temporary care for the children; thus helping families remain intact while their needs are being met.

This grant will provide opportunities and resources to strengthen family bonds and reduce the risk factors associated with teenage substance abuse thru the well-regarded, Guiding Good Choices program workshops. These workshops promote positive models for youth through thoughtful discussion, skill building exercises, positive choices and responsible parenting techniques. The programming and grant assistance will provide a centralized, safe location for parents to access when they need assistance through the Family Resource Center; and, help assist students in Hickory County to make healthy and responsible choices.

The funding being made available to this program will provide impoverished students with evening meals, while participating in the Ripley County CASASTART Program — a community-based, after school program that provides Doniphan R-1 students aged 8-13 the opportunity to work with tutors and mentors. It will be used to provide nutritious evening meals, weekend snacks and the necessary materials and supplies to participate successfully in the CASASTART Program.

This Center provides emergency shelter and a viable means of support to homeless persons needing assistance in re-entering society. The services available for individuals who access the facility include referral and placements for employment, housing, transportation and educational opportunities. Additional programs that are available through the Center include mental health services, counseling and a broad range of children’s’ services.

The Samaritan Center is the only food and clothing distribution center in Henry County and has provided services for clients in Henry, St. Clair and Benton County for 22 years. Through the Coover Program award, the Center will be able to increase its services to 100 additional families by providing 150,000 pounds of meat, fruits, and vegetables. This will increase their total service outreach to 800 families in the counties served. Total food available to each family will also increase by 33% as a result of the Coover award.